Former University of Maine teammates lead Maine Baseball Hall inductees

Posted April 10, 2012, at 5:15 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Peter Adams and Mark Sutton, the shortstop-second baseman combo who helped lead the University of Maine to College World Series berths in 1981 and ’82, will headline a group of 10 inductees into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame on Aug. 5 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay.

Bill Fairchild, Wayne Hartford, John Kezal, Wilfred Laverdiere, Dave Sprague, Brud Stover, Ralph Stowell and Stan Timberlake also will be inducted.

Adams of Hollis was a standout shortstop for Portland High School before going on to star at UMaine while Sutton of Portland starred at Cony High in Augusta before a stellar career at UMaine and two years in the Texas Rangers organization.

Fairchild of Monmouth was the head baseball coach at Oak Hill High School in Sabattus for 28 years and led the Raiders to three state championships.

Hartford of New Limerick was a dominant pitcher for Husson College of Bangor in the mid-1960s and still holds the school record for most career wins with 22.

Kezal of Rumford played in the Pine Tree League and was instrumental in the organization and promotion of American Legion baseball in the Rumford area.

Laverdiere of Monmouth was a star outfielder for Colby College in Waterville and the semipro Farmington Flyers in the 1950s. He went on to coach at Winterport, Anson Academy and Livermore Falls.

Sprague of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., was an outstanding shortstop at Gorham High School and Springfield (Mass.) College and won an MVP award and batting title while playing for the Ametek Redskins in the Portland Twilight League.

Stover of West Bath played on three American Legion state championship teams for Smith-Tobey Post of Bath and was an All-State selection in three sports while attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

Stowell of Portland was a two-time All-Telegram League selection for Portland High School and later led the Portland Twilight League in home runs for four seasons.

Timberlake of Turner was a standout pitcher and hitter for the Turner Townies during the heyday of town team baseball and was instrumental in organizing Little League baseball in Turner.

The Hall also is honoring Peggy Siegle of Brunswick with its President’s Award. She is the founder of Four Seasons Baseball and a pioneer in the development of indoor baseball facilities in Maine.

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